Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K): It’s not uncommon for these three nutrients to be top of mind when considering the necessary components of a proper fertility program. While these macronutrients are indeed necessary for plant growth and development, it’s important that micronutrients, like boron (B), are not forgotten when working to achieve balanced crop nutrition.
A key micronutrient, boron
Boron (B) is a micronutrient that is essential for cell wall formation and rapid growing points within the plant, such as reproductive structures. Interestingly, while higher plants require B, animals, fungi and microorganisms do not need this nutrient.
Learn More supports the structural and functional integrity of plant cell membranes. But because the range between B deficiency and toxicity is narrower than with many other micronutrients, some farmers are hesitant when it comes to using it on their crops.
“Growers continue to explore new strategies for improved nutrient management, and the use of boron is no exception,” says Dr. Ross Bender, senior agronomist with The Mosaic Company. “Researchers better understand the role of boron in plant development today; and in the quest for balanced crop nutrition, farmers are the beneficiary of this knowledge.”
The truth is, boron is an essential nutrient and key component of many parts of the plant life cycle. Creating strategies to ensure each plant has access to a small amount of B that’s available all season long is critical.
Here are five myths about boron that have been debunked: